All European Member States voted in favour of Scotland becoming officially tuberculosis free at yesterday’s meeting of the StandingCommittee on Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) in Brussels.

Richard LochheadThe unanimous vote followed a presentation by Scotland’’s chief veterinary officer, Simon Hall, who outlined the low incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in Scottish herds and the high standards of animal welfare.

Scotland has been successful so far in controlling bTBthrough rigorous pre and post movement testing of cattle coming to the country from areas with high incidence of the disease.

The final disease controls that will be required to maintain this status are still to be decided, but the Scottish Government will continue to work with livestockindustry representatives to ensure new controls have minimal impacts ontrade.

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, said: ““This is a real measure of success for Scotland’s livestock industry which has worked tirelessly with Government to keep our herds free from disease.

“”Scotland has secured a unique position within the UK through the approach taken by our livestock sector that prevention is better than cure.

“”Our reputation as producers of quality meat and livestock has been enhanced across Europe and we now have access to new markets.””

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